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Girls Like Us

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  17 ratings  ·  12 reviews
Girls Like Us is packed with fierce, eloquent, and deeply intelligent poetry focused on female identity and the contradictory personas women are expected to embody. The women in these poems sometimes fear and sometimes knowingly provoke the male gaze. At times, they try to reconcile themselves to the violence that such attentions may bring; at others, they actively defy it ...more
Paperback, 72 pages
Published March 1st 2020 by Alan Squire Press
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Serena
May 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Girls Like Us by Elizabeth Hazen, which was on tour with Poetic Book Tours, is a map in the darkness like the map the mother reads in “Death Valley” because it outlines the roads women often travel and the bumps along the way that often scar us when the men and others in our lives think they are mere blips on the road of life. Repeated “Devices” often weigh heavily on our psyche — she’s a fox, he’s a dog, she’s a bitch. Hazen says in the opening poem, “We’ve been called so many things we are no, ...more
Wendy
May 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been awhile since I last took part in a book tour. I decided to give Girls Like Us a try after reading the blurb. I like poetry that delves into women's issues and looks at them from different vantage points. Given our current situation of sheltering in place and my struggle to focus on reading for long, poetry seems to be where I am finding my solace the most--at least reading-wise.


This was my first experience reading Elizabeth Hazen's poetry, and I was immediately taken with the poet's
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MoralPomp
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Elizabeth Hazen's new collection of poems is an outstanding achievement in very personal poetry. I bought the book on recommendation from some local Baltimore poets, including Elizabeth Spires, and UK-transplant Andrew Motion. I read Elizabeth's previous book, "Chaos Theories," and thought it was a really fine collection but I was hesitant to buy the new one based on the merits of the old alone.

What I think Hazen does that is really special is that she takes these incredibly personal and compli
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Review to come as part of my blog tour stop on May 15th.
Christine M
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Reading these poems feels like such a treat when I need a lift, or just to know that someone else gets what it's like to be out there with a brain and lady parts in a world built by misogyny. Hazen's honesty is intense, but so is her humor and generosity. These poems feel like great company. ...more
Elisabeth Dahl
Apr 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book of poems is honest and beautiful.
Annette
May 21, 2020 rated it it was amazing
My Thoughts:
Reading this book of poetry provokes me. It reminds me of my experiences of the themes in this book.
In the first poem, "Devices". Various names are directed at females. For example: "dumb slut," "frigid bitch," "chick," and "skirts." The poem ends with this line: "We've been called so many things that we are not, we startle at the sound of our own names."
Most females can tell stories of the horrible names used against us to drag us down, belittle us, dehumanize us, and exert some
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gautami
Jun 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
This poetry book is hard hitting. It talks of the strong minded females who has certain misgivings due to societal pressures.... It explores relationships and bondings...

Being in a same sex relationship, is not recognised by most communities....yet the poet accepts it...

She is fearless about flaunting it, acknowledging it...

The poems touch us, the language is flowing, maybe a bit flowery at times but in no way that puts us off. No poetry, for me is trivial or superfluous, because the poet puts a
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Pamela Scott
Mar 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
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I’d never heard of the poet before. I decided to take part in the tour because I loved the cover of the book and it sounded like a poetry collection I could enjoy. I enjoyed every poem in this collection. This collection explores a variety of women’s issues such as identity, relationships and desire but does this from a very personal stand-point. What I liked is how different the poems are and how widely the subject matter is exolored. Hazen explores unive
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Anthony
Jun 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The Review

What a moving work of poetry. The author does an incredible job of bringing the pain and emotion that many women in life have had to endure through society's expectations and the roles cast upon them through her work. As someone who considers himself a feminist and someone who has always wanted to live in a world where my mother and sister could live knowing they were viewed by everyone as equals and were respected, this poetry really spoke to me on a personal level while also feeling
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Happy Booker
Sep 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Girls like us is a poetic book written about the female identity and embodying how a woman feels, expects and is. The work represents a roller-coaster of ups and downs, triumphs, fears, wholeness, self-doubt, self-destructions and many other things girls and women face.
The book is in two sections and contains several unique and easy flowing poems that one could just relax and read anytime during the day. It is apparent that the author is a poet and finds it easy to put emotions into words. The l
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Cheryl Malandrinos
Jul 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
Throughout this collection, readers find poetry that covers women's issues in a unique and meaningful way. From beginning to end, these poems will get you thinking in ways you might never have thought before.

The collection hits hard right out of the gate by focusing on some of the names women are called. How are we treated? How do we allow ourselves to be treated? Other poems cover more female issues. What have we dealt with? How have those moments affected us and how have we overcome them?

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